Federal Research Priorities and Focus Areas

STIC has played an important role in the identification of research priorities to guide the Government of Canada's science, technology and innovation investments. In the 2007 federal science and technology strategy, Mobilizing Science and Technology to Canada's Advantage, the Government of Canada outlined four broad priority areas. To provide further focus, in September 2008, the Minister of Industry announced the adoption of 13 sub-priorities recommended by STIC.

2007 Research Priorities and 2008 Sub-Priorities

2007 Research Priorities and 2008 Sub-Priorities
Priorities Sub-Priorities
Environment
  • Water: health, energy, security
  • Cleaner methods of extracting, processing and utilizing hydrocarbon fuels, including reduced consumption of these fuels
Health and Life Sciences
  • Neuroscience
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Health in an aging population
  • Biomedical engineering and medical technologies
Natural Resources and Energy
  • Arctic: resource production, climate change, monitoring
  • Biofuels, fuel cells and nuclear energy
  • Energy production in the oil sands
Information and Communications Technologies
  • New media, animation and games
  • Wireless networks and services
  • Broadband networks
  • Telecom equipment

In 2014, the Government of Canada launched Seizing Canada's Moment: Moving Forward in Science, Technology and Innovation 2014. This renewal of the 2007 strategy identified updated priorities and sub-priorities (now called 'focus areas'), with advice from STIC. Amendments to the 2007 list include the addition of advanced manufacturing as a new priority area and the inclusion of agriculture in the existing environment priority area.

2014 Research Priorities and Focus Areas

2014 Research Priorities and Focus Areas
Priorities Focus Areas
Environment and Agriculture
  • Water: health, energy, security
  • Biotechnology
  • Aquaculture
  • Sustainable methods of accessing energy and mineral resources from unconventional sources
  • Food and food systems
  • Climate change research and technology
  • Disaster mitigation
Health and Life Sciences
  • Neuroscience and mental health
  • Regenerative medicine
  • Health in an aging population
  • Biomedical engineering and medical technologies
Natural Resources and Energy
  • Arctic: Responsible development and monitoring
  • Bioenergy, fuel cells and nuclear energy
  • Bio-products
  • Pipeline safety
Information and Communications Technologies
  • New media, animation and games
  • Communications networks and services
  • Cybersecurity
  • Advanced data management and analysis
  • Machine-to-machine systems
  • Quantum computing
Advanced Manufacturing
  • Automation (including robotics)
  • Lightweight materials and technologies
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Quantum materials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Aerospace
  • Automotive